Trail Bars


This is a good base recipe for high-protein trail bars.   The proteins are primarily from Oats and Whey and intended to provide sustained energy.  There is also a good amount of honey (fructose and glucose) for more immediate engergy needs.  Great for a mid-day trail snack!
This recipe can be easily modified to create many variations.   Just take a look at the multiple options of "Clif Bars" on the market and let your creativity go wild.
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yield: 8 bars
total time: 1 hour

The following are the base ingredients to form the bar:
  • 3-1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1-1/2 cups nonfat dry milk
  • 8 Tablespoons vanilla whey protein powder
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1-1/2 bananas, mashed
In addition to above, use the following as a guideline for adjuncts:
  • 1 tablespoon spice
  • 1 cup dried fruit or nuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon flavoring if desired.

    Example adjunct ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Place all dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well
  3. Quickly blend together the egg whites, juice, and flavor extract (you don't want the egg whites to whip or foam, you just want to mix the ingredients together).
  4. Mix the banana into the liquid until smooth.
  5. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together.
  6. Spoon mix onto a greased, non-stick cookie sheet in 12 equal amounts.
  7. Shape the bars as desired
  8. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the bottoms are just slightly browned.
  9. Cool completely before individually wrapping and storing.